As Christmas 2008 looms ever closer, we take a moment to remember one of our favorite pieces of holiday artwork, TOM SACHS' legendary nativity scene starring Hello Kitty, The Simpsons, and McDonald's:
"Tom Sachs's turbulent entrance to the New York gallery scene coincided with a Christmas window display he designed in 1994 for the department store Barneys. His nativity scene combined the Japanese merchandising wonder Hello Kitty as Baby Jesus, Bart Simpson in triplicate as the Three Kings, and the pregnant Madonna Ciccone as the Virgin Mary. Right-wing Christian groups went on the warpath, the allegedly blasphemous scene appeared on the title page of the New York Daily News, and the controversial ensemble was removed after only one day. From this point onwards, the international art world focused its attention on Tom Sachs, acclaiming him, with his typically American home-made replicas of consumer and cultural icons, as the most legitimate successor to Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol" —Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
NYC art legend and Supertouch buddy TOM SACHS has finally opened the doors to his ONLINE STORE just in time for (last-minute) holiday shopping. Featuring an offbeat array of such must-have items as the "Kill All Artists" T-shirt, Sach's epic tome from his 2006 show at the Prada Foundation in Milan, old school "Tom Sachs" skate wheels, antagonistic "Nuke The Swiss" stickers, and white Bic lighters—many of which are produced in-house at the mad scientist artist's downtown lab— the store is a one-stop-gift shop for that discerning art lover on your Kwanzaa list. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
To commemorate his groundbreaking show in Paris, artist TOM SACHS has released a special must-have T-shirt supporting the OBAMA campaign in its final stretch as we approach the election next week. Available only at Parisian retail palace COLETTE, the shirt features a rendering of Sachs' Hello Kitty Eiffel Tower installation with the words "OBAMA 08" on the back. Just the thought of the French walking around Paris with an American (would-be) president's name on their backs makes a tear drop our eyes...
Following his two awe-inspiring solo shows in NYC earlier this year, Supertouch buddy & perhaps today's most visionary artist TOM SACHS brought his troupe of crying HELLO KITTY sculptures first exhibited at Lever House in Manhattan last month to the Paris to be displayed at the base of the fashion capital's most iconic sight, the Eiffel Tower. Exhibited in conjunction with his show of new works at GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC that debuted in the City of Lights on October 23rd—the centerpiece of which was an epic half pipe sculpture composed of two fully-skateable life-sized bronze quarter pipes alongside other bronze castings and wood burned plywood pieces—Sach's menagerie of Sanrio sculptures appear to be constructed of the artist's favorite material, foamcore, but are actually giant bronzes cast and painted to resemble the cheap material that is the hallmark of the New Yorker's oeuvre.Read More